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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph K Imsais, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a 126-page, paperback guide to the management of the high risk cardiovascular patient, divided into 17 concise chapters.
Purpose: The purpose is to define high risk in the cardiovascular patient and then review topics in a concise manner. Each chapter handles the essential points and is buttressed by adequate references to the studies which have shaped the guidelines by which cardiology is currently practiced.
Audience: This is designed to be a quick reference in the clinic or the ward for the medical professional or trainee who has contact with cardiovascular patients.
Features: This pocket guide immediately describes high risk as a "continuum, rather than as a have or have-not condition." This allows the reader to focus on the primary and secondary preventative nature of the book. A chapter is devoted to each risk factor, from the common risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease to such topics as intima-media thickness, ethnic variations, and peripheral arterial disease. Readers will find it easy to review further, with an organized appendix and reference section at the conclusion of this pocket guide. This guide should not be considered a condensed textbook, as specific details about pathophysiologic details are omitted.
Assessment: This clinically focused guide provides current recommendations for primary and secondary prevention in an easy-to-access format.